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Taxing Wildomar Residents To Maintain City Parks Up For Discussion Again

If the city decides to move forward on a ballot initiative to fund its parks, it will mark the third time in recent years voters have been asked to consider the issue.

Click here to find out what happened at the special Wildomar City Council meeting.

Wildomar parks and a $28 annual tax on city property owners are the subject of a special Wildomar City Council meeting to be held Wednesday night.

The city is considering establishing a community facilities district and with it a special tax to keep Wildomar parks open. In doing so, staff is recommending city council consider researching the option of putting the issue to Wildomar voters in November or possibly in 2013.

If the city decides to move forward on a ballot initiative to fund its parks, it will mark the third time in recent years voters have been asked to consider the issue.

The parks have opened and closed several times in recent years because Wildomar officials contend there isn’t enough money in city coffers to maintain the facilities. The special tax is needed, officials have said, to keep the parks operational.

Wildomar has three parks: Marna O’Brien, Heritage and Windsong. ; the other two facilities are closed.

In 2006, voters approved a $28 annual special tax to keep Wildomar parks open, but that initiative was overturned as the result of the Fourth Appellate Court’s 2010 ruling in Beutz v. County of Riverside.

The special assessment was lifted in 2010 as a result of the court’s decision,

As a result, an initiative was redrafted and the $28 special annual tax was put to voters again on June 7, 2011.

Wednesday’s special meeting held at Wildomar City Hall, 23873 Clinton Keith Road, is open to the public and begins at 6:30 p.m. City residents are being encouraged to attend and voice their opinions on the issue. Click here to read the meeting's full agenda.

Ken Mayes June 28, 2012 at 05:46 PM
Being a city council member is supposed to be an honor and a privilege not a full time job, this is why we pay for a city manager two of them in the case of Wildomar. The city councils job is to provide direction and guidance based upon the wishes of the people that elected them, not fulfill their own personal agenda's.
Martha L. Bridges July 01, 2012 at 03:40 AM
Forget the "honor and privilege" stuff. The council is elected to do the serious work of guiding the city forward for the greater good of all the citizens. In Wildomar, we have a number of council members who appear to be more concerned with protecting their own personal interests, and using their council positions as a stepping stone to bigger and better political positions.
michael July 02, 2012 at 08:19 PM
Woah! I have no idea where the cfd came in again. The city council voted 4-0 that it would be a parcel tax, not a cfd.
Michael August 08, 2012 at 06:19 PM
I am very sad by the closure of our parks, No Dog park, no place for a nice walk, for $28 a year, my wife and I would rather pay for it then for tagging removal. We need a place for kids to play out in the open, were it is safe and good equipment. Safe place for me to take my two dogs off leash to run and play. Now I have to take them to the school parking lot so they can RUN. $28.00 a year is not going to break anyone even $58.00 a year is not going to break anyone.
Michael August 08, 2012 at 06:21 PM
I agree! Yes to Parks..

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